Ancient dances had religious purposes; they were performed in conjunction with prayers, sacrifices, and thanksgivings. Traditional dancing is always circular, the left hand of the dancer positioned toward the center. The Eagle Dance was called the Peace or Winter Dance and was a call for peace. The dancers used a sourwood wand with twelve or thirteen eagle feathers. The wings were 6 feet long made from white or nearly white bald eagle feathers which is danced mostly today for exhibition purposes.